You can improve the speed, quickness and directional movement of your offensive linemen with the following five agility drills.
1. Offensive Linemen Drill: Double X Dot Drill
This dot drill will improve an offensive lineman’s agility and foot quickness. Paint 5 dots on the ground approximately 2 feet apart in the shape of a square, with one dot in the middle of the square. While there are a number of dot drills athletes can perform, we’ll provide you with the steps for the Double X Dot Drill.
Double X Drill Sequence: Start at 1 on the lower right. Hop to 3 in the middle, then to 4 on the top left. Next, hop back to 3 in the middle, then to 5 on the top right. Finally, hop to 3 in the middle and end at 2 in the lower left.
2. Offensive Linemen Drill: Jump Rope
Jumping rope is the best way to develop quick feet for an offensive lineman. It is important to find a rope that will fit each individual lineman due to various heights. Never have them jump flat-footed. Have them stay on the toes, which allows for more spring and control.
- Both feet.
- Left foot (10 right foot, 10 left foot, and repeat)
- Right foot
- Running in Place (forwards, backwards, side-to-side)
Have your offensive linemen start slow with 25 jumps and increase to 50, 75, and then 100 jumps.
3. Offensive Linemen Drill: Four Corners
Place four cones 10 yards in width and 10 yards in length; they should make a square. Have the linemen start from the right corner (cone 1) in a proper 3-point stance. On a count (always give a snap count) each linemen will sprint from the first cone to the second cone, make half a turn and carioca from the second cone to the third cone. Make sure each lineman stays low and is quickly taking many steps while rotating the hips.
The lineman then will make half a turn and back pedal from the third cone to the forth cone. The lineman will make half a turn and lateral shuffle maintaining a wide base shoulder-width from the fourth to the first cone to the last cone. Do not have the lineman tap his heels; equal and opposite steps on the footwork. The lineman will make half a turn and repeat the sequence four times.
4. Offensive Linemen Drill: Low Bags Or Agility Bags
The objective of low bags or agility bags is to improve the foot quickness of offensive linemen and to teach them to keep their pad level down when changing directions. Lay six low bags approximately 2 feet apart on the ground. Have the offensive linemen line up in a straight line starting in front of the bags in a 3-point stance. Always give a snap count.
On the snap count, the offensive linemen will go over the bags. There are various drills you can do to improve offensive linemen’s foot quickness using low bags or agility bags.
Sprint over the bags: Each lineman will run straight over the bags putting one foot in each hole pumping his arms.
Lateral steps: Each lineman will turn sideways 45 degrees with the point of the inside shoulder facing the bags. Have them run laterally over the bags without crossing the feet over. Have them pump their arms pushing off the outside foot and kicking the inside foot over each bag.
Twist: Each lineman will turn 45 degrees with the point of the inside shoulder facing the bags. Have them run laterally over the first two bags. Then they will turn 180 degrees between the second and the third bag and run laterally. Then have them turn back 180 degrees between the fourth and fifth bag and they will run laterally completing the drill. When they turn, it is one continuous motion. Do not have them stop their feet when making the turns. They are also pumping the arms.
Side-to-side: Each lineman will face the bags taking wide and quick lateral steps weaving in an out of the bags. The feet should not cross over when changing directions.
Hops: Each lineman will face the bags and hop over each bag keeping the feet together.
Two feet: Each lineman will face the bags and pound two feet in each hole.
For every drill you teach, it is important to have each linemen finish the drill with a 5-yard burst. Finish the drill by having each lineman with his outside foot over the last bag driving up field for 5 yards. Allow space between each lineman by letting offensive linemen pass the fourth bag before the next o-linemen starts.
5. Offensive Linemen Drill: 20-Yard Shuttle Run
Have the offensive lineman straddle the middle line in a 3-point stance (right-handed or left-handed stance). On a snap count, they will sprint to the first line, touch the line with their hand and push off. They will now sprint past the middle line to the far line and touch the line with their hand and push off and sprint through the middle line.
Have them finish the drill. Do not let up before the last line. They must run through the last line of the drill. FINISH THE DRILL!